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Low plans to 'bench' USA

2015-06-10 12:27
Joachim Low (Supplied)
Joachim Low (Supplied)

Cologne - Germany coach Joachim Low will give game time to as many players as possible in Wednesday's friendly against the United States.

"Basically, I want to try to take advantage of substitutions," Low said on Tuesday at a joint press conference with US coach Juergen Klinsmann.

"Some will probably play only a half," Low added, with midfielder Sami Khedira among those lacking match practice.

Central defenders Antonio Ruediger and Shkodran Mustafi look poised to play a big role in the match in Cologne, starting at 20:.45 SA time, while Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann is set to make his debut.

Klinsmann, Low's predecessor as Germany boss between 2004 and 2006, described the game against the world champions as a "special experience. It is something extraordinary."

The 50-year-old former Germany striker said the current crop of German players were absolutely world class.

Despite the raft of substitutions expected, Low said he had great respect for the Americans.

"We take on opponents who have developed enormously in recent years," said Low, who is looking for his players to display the right attitude ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar in Portugal.

"We must try to keep our focus and discipline this week," he said.

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